Storm crew returns home safely from Georgia trip

Storm crew returns home safely from Georgia trip


Mississippi Power’s storm team returned home safely on Sunday after spending the week restoring service to more than 17,000 Georgia Power customers that lost power due to Tropical Storm Irma.

The company’s crew was staged at the Macon (Ga.) Convention Center and did the bulk of its work in small communities south of there, operating out of Georgia Power offices in Dublin and Hawkinsville.

“We had a very successful trip, but most importantly, we had a safe trip,” said storm team leader Ken Richardson, the Meridian Distribution manager. “Our team worked well together with our teammates at Georgia Power and with each other to quickly get the lights back on in the areas where we were assigned.”

Mississippi Power’s team included 72 line personnel and 22 support personnel, travelling with more than 60 vehicles.

Georgia Power had nearly 1 million customers without power at its peak as Irma left a wide swath of damage through the state after making landfall in Florida as a major hurricane. By Thursday, Georgia Power had restored service to 99 percent of the customers affected by the storm with the assistance of sister utilities, contractors and help from other utilities.

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